GEOG 468
GIS Analysis and Design

Lesson 3: Spatial and Geospatial Thinking in System Design


Geospatial thinking is key to designing GIS functionality. Here, geospatial thinking is spatial thinking related to the earth. Spatial thinking includes processes that support exploration and understanding. An expert spatial thinker visualizes relations, imagines transformations from one scale to another, mentally rotates an object to look at its other sides, creates a new viewing angle or perspective, and remembers images in places and spaces. Spatial thinking also allows us to externalize these operations by creating representations such as a map.

 Lesson Learning Objectives:

  • Review basic concept of spatial and geospatial thinking.


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